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Cover of Draußen vor der Tür.

Draußen vor der Tür

author: Wolfgang Borchert (1947)
date read: 2007-06-01
pages: 120
lists: german , stage-play
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Borchert’s most famous piece – because he died the year it was published, aged 26, of a fever contracted during WW2. We lost a good one that day. This play has the subtitle “A play that no theatre wants to play and that no audience wants to see”. It’s about a WW2 soldier who comes home after spending three years as a war prisoner. He finds a changed world that doesn’t need him, doesn’t want him, and certainly won’t take any responsibility for him.

It’s dramatic, it’s real, it’s heart-breaking. Supremely depressing and impressed me deeply when the upper years did the play in school.

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